- 1A European plant of woodland and hedgerows, which produces pale yellow flowers in the early spring.
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- Primula vulgaris, family Primulaceae (the primrose family). This family also includes the cowslip, pimpernels, and cyclamens
- Around this time of year, there is a good show of daffodils, tulips, primroses, primula, helibores orientalis and other spring flowers.
- Spring flowers - celandines, primroses, violets, wood anemones - were followed by pyramid and early purple orchids, wild thyme and rockrose.
- The Cowslip Count took place in the spring of 2000 and we received data on over 2,000 places around the UK where cowslips, primroses and false oxlips are growing.
- 1.1 (also primrose yellow) [mass noun] A pale yellow colour: old-fashioned tones of primrose and lavender [as modifier]: primrose-yellow paintworkMore example sentences
- If you walk around the historic districts of Willemstad - Punda, Otrabanda, Scharloo and Pietermaai - you'll spot every hue from ochre or primrose yellow to baby blue and candyfloss pink.
- ‘The colour is primrose yellow and national guidelines state that this or cream must be used for yellow lines in all conservation areas,’ a council spokeswoman reveals.
- It produces large trumpet, ivory white flowers which open a lovely pale primrose yellow, fading gradually to pure white.
- The pursuit of pleasure, especially when it is seen to bring disastrous consequences: blithely unaware of his doom, he continued down his primrose path[with allusion to Shakespeare's Hamlet i. iii. 50]More example sentences
- The populace wanting a reprieve from ‘the necessities of their condition,’ he wrote, had been led down the primrose path by a mirage of well-being to which ideological conjurers had made them feel entitled.
- In the one glass, alcohol can stimulate the mind or lend courage to the meek; in the other, it is a primrose path to perdition.
- But pretending the budget doesn't matter is the primrose path to high taxes and poor services.
late Middle English: compare with Old French primerose and medieval Latin prima rosa, literally 'first rose'.
More definitions of primroseDefinition of primrose in:
- The US English dictionary